2014 Monaco Grand Prix grid

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

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Row 11. Nico Rosberg 1’15.989
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’16.048
Row 23. Daniel Ricciardo 1’16.384
Red Bull
4. Sebastian Vettel 1’16.547
Red Bull
Row 35. Fernando Alonso 1’16.686
6. Kimi Raikkonen 1’17.389
Row 47. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’17.540
Toro Rosso
8. Kevin Magnussen 1’17.555
Row 59. Daniil Kvyat 1’18.090
Toro Rosso
10. Sergio Perez 1’18.327
Force India
Row 611. Nico Hulkenberg 1’17.846
Force India
12. Jenson Button 1’17.988
Row 713. Valtteri Bottas 1’18.082
14. Romain Grosjean 1’18.196
Row 815. Pastor Maldonado 1’18.356
16. Felipe Massa No time
Row 917. Esteban Gutierrez 1’18.741
18. Adrian Sutil 1’18.745
Row 1019. Max Chilton 1’19.928
20. Kamui Kobayashi 1’20.133
Row 1121. Jules Bianchi* 1’19.332
22. Marcus Ericsson** 1’21.732

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Will start from pit lane due to penalty

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147 comments on “2014 Monaco Grand Prix grid”

  1. Conspiracy Theory 101

    Rosberg deliberately messed up his final lap to cause a yellow flag and prevent Lewis from improving.

    1. ‘ honest mistake ‘ -c’mon.

      1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        24th May 2014, 14:16

        remember that Schum was discovered by the telemetry. If Nico did that intentionally, he will be discovered and punished.

    2. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
      24th May 2014, 14:06

      put that aside, is it necessary for the marshall to release a yellow flag, as Rosberg already entering the run-off? he’s not on the track anymore, I guess…

    3. I think it was deliberate. Look at his positioning on the track compared to the line they’d normally take. He set himself up to go straight down the escape road.

      1. I just don’t believe NR plays that way.

      2. get over yourself, I don’t know why they even put the yellow flag out. if he wanted to do it on purpose he would have stopped against the barrier to make sure a yellow flag went out.

      3. During Rosbergs fastest lap he sweeps back over to the left (after the hump) very close to the barrier.

        When he aborts his last lap he keeps the car much further out and wiggles the wheel (way before the turn in point) to make it look like he’s losing control and then bails down the escape road in a VERY controlled manner. To top it off he starts reversing back up the escape road as Hamilton approaches.

        He’s a cheat.

    4. petebaldwin (@)
      24th May 2014, 14:20

      He didn’t crash deliberately but he started reversing back towards the track as Lewis went by. He just admitted that in the press conference. Why not wait until the end of the session?

      1. +1 It’s the killer evidence.

        Still it’s not going to win him a championship and the knock-in effect could be much more disadvantageous.

        1. No it isn’t. Unless the team was on the radio telling him not to reverse, Rosberg wouldn’t have known Hamilton was coming until it was too late to do anything about it.

          1. Perhaps he thought Hamilton had gone shopping?

          2. “Rosberg wouldn’t have known Hamilton was coming”??? Where did he think he was? It’s the end of Q3. Everyone is on the track.

  2. Rosberg did a Schumacher.

    1. Yeah. The mistake was real but he should know that the others are fighting for pole and he didn’t had time for another lap so why did he made such a stupid decision and got back on the track. Yellow flags means no fast laps. Period!

  3. So Rosberg just secured pole by making a mistake? Shame, it feels like Hamilton was punished for Rosberg’s mistake… Bit of an anti-climax to the pole shootout.

    1. That wasn’t a mistake.

    2. no guarantee he would have gone faster.

      1. Well he matched his 1st sector and was quickest all time in 2nd sector

  4. Ok lewis, nico was more hungry today than you.

    1. Or just more cunning. What better way to guarantee pole than to bork everyone’s last lap.

      1. Maybe Hamilton should just have been faster in his first try. It’s always a risk in Monaco that someone messes up and ruins your lap.

    2. lol more hungry at what more like more delusional imean Roswas all the time saying im still in lead of championship when he no’s LH failed in 1st race he is being beaten heavily by Hamilton.

      1. He is. Every race Hamilton finished he has done so in front of Nico no matter how hard he tried and out qualified him except for this dubious race at every track I believe.

  5. I’m not happy with that at all. Ruined everyone’s laps in the last part.

    1. After cooling off, I can only call and see it as an unfortunate mistake by Nico.

  6. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
    24th May 2014, 14:05

    Hahaha, seeing Lewis and Nico after the qualifying was hilarious. They couldn’t even shake hands with each other unlike Ricciardo. Somehow I think this friendship is coming to a close.

    1. Their friendship will definately end if Rosberg keeps playing dirty tricks.

    2. lewis is like that, he shakes hands when he is winning only, and friends with a driver when they are performing less then him, after that it ends, meaning everything before was fake.

      1. Sadly I agree, Lewis just showed he’s true colours, there’s a time and place for that behaviour. +1 Nico

        1. So you expect to shake the hand of the man who just robbed him of pole?

          1. @kodongo: He robbed himself of pole by being slower than his team mate he should “easily” dominate.

          2. @kadongo – So it was a FACT that only Hamilton and only him could make the pole?

      2. So is your idol Alonso i think you still hurt about 2007

    3. The press conference was also great comedy. Awkward is the word that comes to mind.

    4. Ricciardo was a gentleman and a grownup not like LH who didn’t even want to shake Riccardo’s hand and ne looked like it was a forced handshake. It’s about time that LH grew up and prove what he said, that he is a better racer then NR, then now, he should not sulk and show it in the actual race that he is better and NOT carry on like he does. But all that aside and how refreshing it is to see another great qualifying by Daniel Ricciardo and what breath of fresh air he is to F1 compared to the sulking of LH and to all that has happened in past years between MW and SV.

      1. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
        24th May 2014, 16:27

        Ricciardo is a great guy. I really like the Red Bull pair although Seb does have his moments from time to time.

      2. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
        24th May 2014, 16:27

        Ricciardo is a great guy. I really like the Red Bull pair although Seb does have his moments from time to time.

      3. I don’t get the Lewis bashing here at all…… Did you expect him to be happy? Everybody in Lewis’ position, including you StevenG, would be very suspicious about Nico’s mistake and not many would be able to bite their lip like he did.

        As for Ricciardo, yeah he is a great guy but then again, I’m not sure how he would have reacted in Lewis’ place if it was him and Vettel. He’d probably still smile but considering his already somewhat snarky comments so far, I don’t know if he would have been able to bite his lip like LH did today and I wouldn’t have blamed him because in that position you can’t blame anyone thinking it was dishonest, even if it actually was. I for sure know I wouldn’t have been able too tbh

        1. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
          24th May 2014, 23:08

          Well obviously he won’t be happy but he doesn’t know what went on. It’s wrong for him to just assume his team mate has effectively cheated.
          What were Ricciardo’s snarky comments?

  7. I guess that Nico ate less this morning (pun intended).

  8. Well that stinks. Conspiracy theorists, there’s nothing to see here.
    I was really looking forward to following Nico onboard, armed with barely any fuel and brand new supersofts. Not only that, but awaiting Hamilton’s reply would have been mouth-watering. It looked like it was going to be very tight and it’s just a shame one mistake pretty much killed the competition. :(

  9. In case anyone is serious, I highly doubt NR did this on purpose. I also question why they needed to throw the yellow as I thought NR was quite out of the way.

    1. My thoughts exactly.

    2. Indeed.

    3. The yellow is there in case someone else messes up the same corner, they wont hit the stationary Mercedes.

      1. @austus Yeah I get that but still…given the circumstances, the small number of cars on the track, and the odds, I thought they should have seen the quali through.

      2. He went really far down the escape road, which also bends to the left. The chance of somebody hitting his car there is pretty much nil.

        1. Rosberg did not go far down. He actually started reversing.

          1. It looked to me like he moved down it some way, but I hadn’t realised he’d start reversing back. Entirely unnecessary.

        2. @matt90 I thought the same, but cars have locked up and gone into a full-blown spin down that road before. Though highly unlikely, it could have made for a nasty accident without the Yellow. Better to be safe than to be sorry!

    4. How did he get back on track so fast? I wonder if they kept the yellow out because he wasn’t sitting still like he should have… Stinks to me

    5. Definitely not on purpose if you ask me but his celebration as he got out of his car was crass.

    6. petebaldwin (@)
      24th May 2014, 14:21

      Because Nico started reversing towards the track as he just admitted in the press conference.

      1. That’s awful. Burn him!

    7. My words exactly

    8. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
      24th May 2014, 23:24

      I don’t get the need for them to slow down in the whole sector. Surely just showing you lifted off in that corner would suffice.

  10. Nico Roseberg was clearly doing a Shumacher(best wishes BTW) 2006, coincidentally the speaker in Canal+ was saying that Roseberg could actually use that card and provoke a yellow flag before his final run in Q3 because he has nothing to lose, no shake hand from Lewis who was looking angry behind his sunglasses.

    1. Why does no one mention that Hamilton should just have been faster in his first run? There is always a risk of yellow flag in Monaco.

      1. Because Hamilton is a victim,

        1. @hipn0tic

          Victim of mind games, man ;P

          1. I was beeing ironic ;P @turbotoaster

    2. If anyone seriously believes that Rosberg did that deliberately to guarantee pole, why would he have disappeared down the escape road? Why wouldn’t he have spun in a way that would’ve guaranteed that he was a hazard?

      Any ‘controversy’ is purely down to the legacy of Michael Schumacher’s actions in 2006.

      1. petebaldwin (@)
        24th May 2014, 14:13

        He went half the way down the escape road and then stopped. He could have gone right to the end to ensure the yellow went back in…..

        1. There was no yellow flag in Q1 despite Kvyat’s front wing was lying in the run-off at the chicane for almost the entire session which I thought was a bit odd, so yeah the yellow flag in Q3 should’ve been avoidable.

      2. Any runoff especially in Monaco will provoke automatically a yellow flag if there is no debris on the track the yellow flag will disappear after the car return to the track

      3. To make it less obvious, obviously. It worked too.

      4. As Ant Davidson mentioned when they were looking at the incident closely with Herbert, Rosberg is a smart guy and would know that after 2006 it would be investigated. So if he would have done it deliberately, surely he would have made sure to crash the car (take the nose off) or something to cover up @magnificent-geoffrey

    3. Given that NR has no history for pulling this kind of stunt, whereas MS had a career of questionable behavior, I think your accusation is unfounded. This was nothing more than NR trying to make up time where he knew LH was faster than him at that segment of the track.

      1. Given that NR has no history for pulling this kind of stunt

        That was due to the fact that he have never been in a position to fight for the WDC

        1. Fair enough but I don’t think that now that he is in this position it is a given he will now default to this behavior. I’m sure he would have rather beaten LH with both of them doing clean final attempts.

          1. That’s exactly what makes me suspicious. A driver who really wanted to win cleanly with both drivers trying their best would have been disappointed with himself for stopping that happening. Rosberg didn’t show that kind of attitude at all.

    4. Kimoni Nakamoto (@)
      24th May 2014, 14:30


  11. Fikri Harish (@)
    24th May 2014, 14:07

    Well, my pole prediction turned out to be right but I can’t believe Rosberg had the nerve to do a celebration in front of Hamilton after pulling that stunt, deliberate or otherwise.

    1. I think that’ll come back to haunt him. He should have apologized for ruining Hamilton and everyone else’s final lap, even if he was thrilled to be on pole.

    2. oh come on folks it’s been nothing about fait accomplie for pole statements from and about Hamilton all week, stop with the Rosberg bashing, he must have the patience of a saint to be team mate with someone who likes to throw his toys out of the pram when things don’t go his way

  12. Rosberg was so hungry he pulled over for some food.

  13. Not so crazy to believe Rosberg did it on purpose. Impossible to know though, it may as well have been a honest mistake.

    A lucky honest mistake, since it helped him secure the pole.

    Disappointing anyways, it ruined everybody’s last lap.

  14. Ultimate Sector times put Lewis on to by about 0.01 seconds.

    1. was lewis up on the first sector on his final run?

      1. I think they said he matched Nico’s pole lap 1st sector, but the yellow was in the 2nd sector where Lewis was quickest of all, all weekend. So with LH matching Nico in the first sector it’s very plausible he would have been on a pole lap.

  15. Cheap stuff from Rosberg, disappointing.

    1. So you know for a fact he did it on purpose then? Please share your proof with the world!

      1. Cheap if he did it on purpose, which the telemetry may tell. But definitely cheap to celebrate rather than apologize. There was little genuine about Rosberg’s behaviour, including the press conference.

        1. petebaldwin (@)
          24th May 2014, 14:23

          But definitely cheap to celebrate rather than apologize.


          1. He might have apologized immediately on the radio after going off.

        2. I didn’t realise that telemetry could decipher driver intent. Is there a particular sequence of driver inputs that sets off a sensor?

          1. It’s what FIA are currently investigating so the sarcasm is a bit empty.

        3. You may see it as cheap, I personally didn’t have too much of a problem with his celebrations. However he did it it’s not every day you get pole in Monaco. Hamilton wasn’t exactly the paradigm of maturity in his post race interviews either so I think neither covered themselves in glory today.

          1. His celebrations were fine and to me were what they were because to him he did nothing more than made a mistake going for it, which is what we expect of the two drivers on the dominant team, and NR may have thought the yellow wasn’t necessary but since they threw it, it’s on them that he got pole. He may have genuinely thought that he was far enough out of the way, but since the yellow was up, backing up was not going to change anything.

          2. Whatever, I don’t really care much about celebrations either and usually switch off after the qualifying/race. In this case it was just much too suspicious and wanted to ‘read’ Rosberg’s state of mind afterwards to try to guess whether it was a genuine mistake or not. Obviously that’s wildly subjective, but we all do it, reading expressions and body language. At the minimum he knows he won ‘unfairly’ so acknowledging that to his immediate competitors would have been the right thing to do.

            I really, really can’t see how you can say Hamilton didn’t ‘cover himself in glory.’ Because he refused to smile and comment?

          3. At the minimum he knows he won ‘unfairly’ so acknowledging that to his immediate competitors would have been the right thing to do.

            But he didn’t win unfairly, as winning unfairly would necessarily imply that he had deliberately done something wrong for his own benefit. As the stewards have now determined, Rosberg made a mistake and nothing more. Hardly unfair to make a mistake pushing too hard on one of the trickiest tracks in F1.

            Your stance is based solely on the fact that it was Rosberg who made a mistake. If it was Kvyat that had gone off and caused the yellows, would you be saying that his mistake was also ‘unfair’? I somehow doubt it.

            I watched the interviews after the race and to Sky Sports he implied that Rosberg had gone off intentionally. Hardly mature to insinuate that your team mate has cheated, with no proof. He also came across to me as being sullen and petulant (like you I was ‘reading’ his body language after quali, and like you this is subjective). That’s why I think Hamilton didn’t cover himself in glory.

        4. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
          24th May 2014, 15:36

          He apologised in the press conference. Nothing wrong with celebrating something he won fair and square.

          1. Sigh, he didn’t win ‘fairly’ even if he didn’t spin off on purpose. That’s the whole point. You don’t celebrate when your own mistake has prevented your rivals from competing!

          2. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall)
            24th May 2014, 23:30

            But David, there’s nothing unfair with him making a genuine mistake which inadvertently causes his rivals laps to be hurt. Winning fairly is about winning without breaking the rules and so he won fair and square…

  16. If you went solely by the reaction of the Sky Sports pundits you’d swear Nico Rosberg had committed a heinous crime. He made a mistake and benefited from it, but the incredibly biased presenters are already spewing out conspiracy theories and carrying on like it was a foregone conclusion that their golden boy Hamilton was going to get pole. Unbelievable.

  17. MGU-K problem again for Vettel. I wonder what can he do with the car being in proper condition.

    1. @ialtair Vettel is running the super tight pre-season car but RBR can’t ensure 100% reliability yet.

  18. Another 1 for RIC ! Wooooooohooooooooooo ! Told U Vettel is trashed ! Mark my words: Vettel is history at RBR !!!!!! There’s a new king in the team: RICCIARDO !

    1. MGU-K problem for Vettel. I’m sure if Vettel was just 2 tenths down despite this problem, he would have been very close to Ricciardo or may be in front of him. Wait and watch how vettel again rises.

      1. Sorry, maybe I’m going too far, but a driver w/o a single win to be more competitive than a 4-time WDC, with more F1 experience too, barely older…….. is quite amazing ! No ??!?! Personally, I find this even embarassing than what happened to Alonso in 2007. That’s because ALO is not a 4-time WDC and did not have full backup from the team. It’s quite obvious VET was the image of RBR at the start of the season, while HAM was in the “soul” of every McLaren member in 2007. It was a british driver in a british car ! That’s what every team wants.

        1. Driver with working car beats driver with broken car.

          In equally shocking news, water has been confirmed wet and fire confirmed hot.

    2. To be fair, Vettel was faster than Ricciardo in Q2, and he faced a problem with his ERS plus the yellow flag compromised everybody’s lap, but still a very solid performance by Dan

      1. But times got better in Q3, so RIC is still faster than Vettel !

        1. Which is quite hollow when unlike Ricciardo, Vettel’s MGU-K problems returned in Q3. Nothing to take away from Ricciardo as he’s indeed impressive, but to undermine Vettel based on this is just ignorant.

  19. Don’t believe that was a deliberate mistake, As was shown on Sky he was pushing over the limit & had also made a mistake & ran slightly wide at Casino.

    The ‘odd’ wheel movement is something i’ve seen a few times at that corner this weekend from drivers locking up over the bumps & camber changes.

  20. petebaldwin (@)
    24th May 2014, 14:17

    “Lewis, obviously it’s ironinc Nico’s mistake and subsequent yellow flags meant you couldn’t beat his time.”

    “Yeah it was Ironic. But I was a couple tenths up so….”

    1. its irrelevant now, this is a drivers track, and Hamilton could not dominate his teammate the way other great drivers do. he obviously needed to be running last and rely on track evolution to beat rosberg today. tough luck mate. Hamilton has a history of not deliverying on drivers tracks – this makes him not a “true great””of f1, and A driver, but not A+. his only win at Monaco came very lucky after he hit the wall and safety cars. the time he should have won he crashed in qualifying and then into Massa in the race. lets see what happens tomorrow – all he has to do is beat one driver and somehow he will be in the history books as winning 2 Monaco GPs.

      1. lol he was dominating Alo in 2007 Alo was very lucky to win. You telling Me Montreal, Hungary and Singapre are not drivers tracks? Lol 0.059 wa the gap your hate is childish i wish Keith would ban you it is every article from you about 1 man. Why lol?

      2. You clearly do not like lewis and keep making up bs to fit your narrative

      3. KPCart, your obvious anti Hamilton colored comments make you look pretty immature.

        Everybody is allowed their opinion of course, however poor the rational behind them may be, but I do feel the urge to point out this particularly immature reaction.

  21. petebaldwin (@)
    24th May 2014, 14:17

    Nico just admitted he was reversing towards the track as Hamilton went by. Why was he reversing? Surely wait til the end of the session?

    1. @petebaldwin
      Surely his car would have turned off by the time that every car went round the track? Unless his engineer was telling him the exact right time to go back on the track for space (presuming there was space) there was no set time it would have taken him to get the car back on the track and the green flag waved. Surely all he could do was turn the car around and join the track again, as you would at any other track.

  22. Look at the steering movements and how late he broke, clearly locked it up on purpose

    1. Not even experts can judge with conviction something like that, so I seriously doubt you can.

      1. You ever see anyone jerking the wheel left and right in a braking zone before if they werent out of control like kvyat? He didnt lock up till after the steering inputs.

        1. Yes I have, In practice this weekend when drivers locked up & went off at the same corner.

          The people who think Nico did that deliberately need to just go back & watch similar off’s at that corner on Thursday & you will see exactly the same movements on the wheel.

          1. Problem with Nico’s “honest” mistake was, his car seemed to aim the run-off area… There would be no conspiracy if he moved to the end of the run off, instead he reversed… He was saying he didnt know where Hamilton was, still doesnt justify this move, instead it just puts more fuel to the flames!
            If he didnt “honestly” reverse, he wouldnt have ruined anyone’s lap… Not just LH, his calibre of a person would know about the time, there would be drivers behind, obviously, unless he thought he was the only hungry person in track while everybody else was having their lunch?

          2. If he didnt “honestly” reverse, he wouldnt have ruined anyone’s lap

            He would because the yellow flag’s would still have stayed out forcing others to slow down in that sector.

            In the past when drivers have run straght there the yellow’s have remained out until the car was safety removed behind the barriers by the crane, Would have been no different today.

  23. I didn’t live up to watch watch Ayrton vs Prost but I’m glad I’m here for this. Prost told Rosberg to be more aggressive and Rosberg Senna himself up, with some inspiration though.

  24. modern f1 – sounded like tractors reverberating around the track not racecars, and such a lame end to qualifying – they should have ended it after q2 with the advantage 1 team has.

    1. modern f1 – sounded like tractors

      They sounded like racecars to me.

      Wish all this whining about the sound would stop already as its getting really annoying.

      There is nothing wrong with the way these new cars sound, They sound like proper racecars to me & none of the stupid ‘tractors’ or whatever other nonsence the whiners like to say & having been at the Spanish Gp there isn’t much wrong with the volume either.

      The old v8’s were loud but they all sounded the same & all just sounded like noise. You couldn’t enjoy them because you had to wear ear protection, I hated them.
      These new engines sound better, Each unit sounds different, There still loud & you can actually enjoy the sound.

      People should stop whining about a problem that doesn’t exist.

      1. no these ones sound like noise. the v8s sounded loud and racy.

        1. Have you been at a track this year & actually heard then?
          Did you ever hear the V8s?

          I’ve heard both & as was been discussed on the GP2 coverage yesterday the V8’s were just loud, They sounded flat, All sounded the same & at the end of the day just made a very loud noise which meant you had to wear ear protection which took away a lot of the atmosphere & meant you could never really enjoy it.

          These V6’s sound better, OK there quieter but in person they still sound like powerful racing engines & are quite a bit louder in person than they sound on TV.

          I honestly can’t see what all the fuss is about & why so many untruths about how these things actually sound are been spread.

          1. People will comment about anything as useless as the sound of the cars… If people are so obsessed with sound, just put on some you tube video of old cars, revving and running by, while watching the real racing… Why do people like to have their cars make soo much noise if beyond me, and i hear a lot of youngsters hipsters modifying their exhausts to get them louder and constant revving around, just make me wanna crash their car up their stuff in their back sides… When you are on a plane *which is a lot faster than these cars* do you like it being louder as well? People are just silly and complaining about cars dont make noise but they are ok with them for still going as fast…

    2. I could understand the complaints if we went straight from the V10’s to V6 Turbos, but the V8’s diddn’t exactly sound amazing either. At least now you can hear the tires squealing, the blow off valve, etc. It’s a good noise, but not overwhelming either. I like it.

    3. You must be around some pretty amazing tractors.

  25. Nico ” If you cant beat your team mate on track then ruin his lap” as simple as.
    very poor sportsmanship from German. Never seen such a dirty trick in last 6 years.

    1. @alokin: Let’s blame him even if we can’t proof anything. Lewis was just too slow in his first run. There is always a risk of yellow flag in Monaco that might ruin your lap. It hit Sutil in Q1 too.

    2. Before Nico made the mistake, Rob Smedledy’s radio freq mixed up with his while saying “destroy hamilton’s race”, probably…

  26. Looks like Hamilton has an excuse now.

    1. Haha! good :)

    2. @theo-hrp
      Can’t handle the mind games!

  27. I have zero understanding why people here bemoaning “conspiracy theories.” What happened is simple: Just enough of an error to bring out a sector yellow, but not enough to make a mess of car or track. Nico had track position, enough time to know he was P1, and played the smartest hand he could. Who here, put in his shoes, knowing what took place was in the rules if executed in a way so ambiguous as that, would not do the same. The man lives there. In a sense, it’s far more a home race than Hockenheim or Nurburgring.

    I’m not saying it was sporting, but for everyone here who can admit Rosberg has the skill to justify a seat at a top team to say that such a driver does neither understand the rules nor understand how to milk those rules to his own benefit is being a bit of a hypocrite. It may have been an honest mistake. The look in his eyes said something else. He got away with one, and, as has been said before this season, “tough luck.”

    Most of us on here decry a wide lot of regulations, and I’ll join anyone here in saying this one needs addressed. The potential for exploitation is too high-reward at Monaco, and this is what we have to live with as fans. It was too intelligent NOT to do in Nico’s case. Since it’s legal, well, it’s a shame from a sportsmanship perspective, but we’re on this site because we’ll stick with F1 through thick and thin, and there are too many other issues out there that get our blood up more.

    1. Clearly thats what happened, people defending him sound ludicrous. Ericsson crashes there because he is a rookie and had a car on the outside fine. The guy who wins the race the last year all of a sudden forgets how to turn right? Please.

      1. The guy who wins the race the last year all of a sudden forgets how to turn right? Please.

        Hamilton won the Monaco Gp in 2008 & then ‘forgot’ how to turn right at Massenet in 2009.

        1. If you watch it, hamilton was going at the limit and he lost the rear under breaking, Nico seemed to be playing with the wheel quite earlier plus, his lap was dead and it was last lap, he knew many people would be coming behind him, but he still reversed to track where he knew it would be yellow instead of going for safety!

    2. Michael Brown (@)
      24th May 2014, 15:17

      Why are there conspiracy theories? Because this is similar to what happened in 2006.

  28. I think for now the closest I’ll come to agreeing to any kind of mischievous behavior on NR’s part would be that being ahead of LH strictly in terms of location on the track might have meant to NR that he could just go for it, as he did, and any mistake would likely hand him the pole, yet I’m not convinced that NR could have even made that leap to it being a guarantee, and I’m sure he was simply going for it to win the pole, not to screw LH’s lap by for all intents and purposes ending the session.

  29. Michael Brown (@)
    24th May 2014, 15:20

    I don’t know if it was the buildings, or the director, but the cars sounded a lot louder on TV. In the races before, the commentators were clearly talking over the cars, but now it sounded like they were struggling to be heard over the engines. Made the session much more enjoyable to watch. There’s nothing wrong with the sound of the engines, just that they didn’t sound loud on TV.

    1. The mics will be closer to the track, and the buildings make pretty good partial echo chambers :-)

      1. Yeah that’s probably it.I honestly dont think its the ammount of noise or lack there off that bugs me. Its that they sound ‘slow’ or not so racy if you will, because they rev so low going up and down through the gears.

  30. A little side note from the whole Nico-Lewis fiasco; Alonso out qualified Raikkonen by 6 tenths. pretty big margin for being in equal machinery.

  31. Magnussen also out qualified Button with at solid margin.

  32. Nico use your tricks 2 win” bravo bravo. U ddn’t make any mistake race 2 win boss. That was fair boss.

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